Upcoming in the National Park

Science at Sugarlands

Where: Sugarlands Visitor Center

When: Friday, October 19th

Blacksmith Demonstration

Where: Cades Cove Visitor Center

When: Saturday, October 20th

Foothills Parkway

Enjoy some of the most picturesque views possible along the Foothills Parkway! With multiple pull-overs available, this is a fantastic way of seeing the Smokies in their splendor and capturing some memorable photos. 

Open year-round, weather permitting

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

This 5.5 mile long, one-way loop road is a favorite side trip for visitors to the area. It offers rushing streams, old-growth forest, well-preserved log cabins, grist mills and many other historic buildings. You can also access popular trails along this Nature Trail, including Rainbow and Grotto Falls. 

Closed in Winter.

Cades Cove

This 11 mile, one way loop offers visitors the chance to sightsee at a leisurely pace. You should allow two to four hours to tour Cades Cove, longer if you intend to walk some of the area’s trails. Not only is this one of your best chances of seeing numerous wildlife, but it is a great way to visit some old homesteads, churches and other historic buildings. Cades Cove also offers riding stables, a gift shop and little dining area inside their camp store. This is a huge favorite among visitors to the Smoky Mountains National Park. You will not be disappointed – we guarantee it. 

Abrams Falls

Although Abrams Falls is not one of the tallest waterfalls, it is incredibly popular among visitors because of its rushing volume and power. It has a large deep pool at its 20 foot base and is named for a Cherokee chief whose village once stood several miles downstream. The trail is located inside Cades Cove, is 5 miles roundtrip and is considered moderate in difficulty. 

Little Greenbrier School

Built in 1882, the Little Greenbrier School is located near the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic area. This school remained open until 1936. It is one of only two remaining schoolhouses in the National Park. From the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, a short a relatively easy 0.7 mile hike will lead you right to it. Tour the inside and the grounds, which includes a cemetery. 


With over 800 miles of hiking trails within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you have many options when it comes to planning your hiking adventure. There are numerous trails that range from easy to difficult. For a complete list, check out the National Park’s website

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